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Night Animals

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Author: Gianna Marino

The night animals are all afriad, but of what?  If you are afraid of the dark this story lets you know you are not the only one.  It is a  great  read aloud..

Tormented by Fear

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Author: Eugene Yelchin

Taking place in a span of only two days, this story is a quick read about Sasha who has been waiting his whole life to be a Young Pioneer.  On the eve of the ceremony when he officially receives his red scarf, displaying allegience to Stalin's Communist ideals, his world is turned upside down and inside out.  What he always believed to be true, may not be true.  Who he trusted before, may not be someone he can trust now.  Striking illustrations reinforce the tension and fears of all Russian people during Stalin's regime, and in the author's note, we find out much beyond Stalin's time.  This book was named a Newbery Honor Book.  I read it because it was recognized by the American Library Association and am glad I did.

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Author: Lenore Look

The first in the series--enjoyable, too! These books remind me of the Wayside School books by Sachar. The setting is Concord, Massachusetts with references to historical figures such as Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, and Hawthorne. Cool! Calvin (Alvin's brother and Alvin is the main character) is working his way through an on-line encyclopedia to learn about everything! Then he drops cool facts along the way in the book. So interesting! Dad likes to "curse" using "made up" Shakespeare--hilarious! At the end of the book (just like Book 2) poor Alvin is caught out for a naughty action! Looking forward to more from this author! (Also, love the funny Chinese references, e.g. "That really fried my rice"--hee hee)

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Author: Lenore Look

Very cute and funny book for kids who are comfortable reading chapter books. Alvin Ho learns how to overcome his fear of camping with some challenges and friendship along the way.

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Author: Edel Rodriguez

Sergio is a penguin that lives in Antarctica and his class is taking a trip to the ocean. Sergio is afraid of deep water! His friends remind him of all the things he does like about water but the ocean is still so big. His friends and teacher are very patient with Sergio and finally something happens. Check out what happens to Sergio the next time you're at the library.